Sunday, September 24, 2017

Vernazza Cinque Terre Spotlight Splash Drawings



Dear Art Lover,
     Here are two of my recent charcoal drawings finished:  Spotlight and Splash.  They were inspired by a trip to the Cinque Terre in Italy… specifically, the coastal town of Vernazza.  Where the mountains meet the sea, drama often ensues.  And with what beauty!  I hope you enjoy these works.  They may sell individually, but I offer a savings if bought together or with any other of my artworks.  I will include free shipping so the math is easy.  See some process images and prices online:

Spotlight original charcoal drawing of sun, clouds sea cliffs Vernazza Cinque Terre Italy


Splash original charcoal drawing of sun, clouds sea cliffs Vernazza Cinque Terre Italy


     So, I recently published days ago my September art newsletter with the theme, “Wind, Water, and Wisteria” because alliteration is just fun.  You may read the whole thing online with lots more images here:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/201709_Artnews_WindWaterWisteria.htm

     Now, off to continue this precision mural I stopped working on seems like a year ago . . . [it is in my own home, so … ]

Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist

P.S. IF original art, while affordable, is STILL a bit out of your budget, or the piece you adored has sold?  Or do you like arty things in different formats, to surround yourself with art?  Looking for a gift?  See my store online for pillow, phone cases, shower curtains, towels, tote bags, and yes, even prints on metal, wood, canvas, and so much more:


Friday, September 22, 2017

Wind and Wisteria



Dear Art Lover,
     So, I just published days ago my September art newsletter with the theme, “Wind, Water, and Wisteria” because alliteration is just fun.  You may read the whole thing online with lots more images here:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/news/201709_Artnews_WindWaterWisteria.htm

    In it, I introduced a new wall-hanging bas-relief sculpture, Wind and Wisteria.  I have changed the face of “wind personified” a bit to emphasize the action of blowing, and changed the face of the boy a little, in the act of receiving.  But we have had rain here for a solid week and I just could not take another image !  Still you have an idea here in this Photo-shop mock-up of the composition and “airiness” of the art.

Wind and Wisteria shown in clay as if it were bronze sculpture
Wind and Wisteria shown in clay as if it were bronze sculpture


     As usual, I am offering a pre-casting [lower] price to help me realize a new clay work into bronze.
Check it all out, as well as the story behind this sculpture, here:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2017/WindWisteriaBasReliefWallSculpture.htm

     Now, off to continue this precision mural I stopped working on seems like a year ago . . . [it is in my own home, so … ]

Happy birthday, Michelle Borsheim!


Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist

P.S. IF original art, while affordable, is STILL a bit out of your budget, or the piece you adored has sold?  Or do you like arty things in different formats, to surround yourself with art?  Looking for a gift?  See my store online for pillow, phone cases, shower curtains, towels, tote bags, and yes, even prints on metal, wood, canvas, and so much more:


Friday, September 8, 2017

Water Raindrops Hurricane Watch



Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Olive Tree LeavesDear Art Lover,
     I seem to have water on my mind a lot lately, as you will see when I publish images of my next two charcoal drawings in my upcoming art newsletter. 

     Here in Tuscany, Italy, we recently had a decent rainstorm.  I am often enchanted with the light before, during, and AFTER a storm.  This one left us with raindrops everywhere, a bit magical!  I include in this post a few of my favorite snapshots walking around my home the other day.  


     Also, I have a special offer on a work that I did in Texas on the same theme.  I was down in Brownsville waiting for my father to finish some pilot exam he had to take.  “Raindrops on Shell Ginger” was how I amused myself in the garden.  Noticing Nature’s wonders is a joy we should choose to experience.



Raindrops on Shell Ginger - original pastel painting art

Raindrops on Shell Ginger

18" x 14"
Pastel on dark green Sennelier paper
© 2010 Kelly Borsheim
$600, ships from Austin, Texas

Only $600, she ships in a frame for protection, but it is a simple frame and I imagine you might prefer to choose another one.  If you are near Austin, Texas, you may pick the work up there instead of having to pay for shipping.  Zip = 78702




Raindrops on Shell Ginger - original pastel painting art [detail]

     However, I am not always sure that watching Nature’s wrath is an experience worth choosing.  Almost every single one of my family members in Florida has chosen to stay home this weekend and await the terrible Hurricane Irma.  As I write, I just saw an image in which someone compared Hurricane Andrew [which destroyed both my brother’s and my father’s homes in Homestead, Miami-area 25 years ago] to Irma.  Irma looks about THREE times the size and you probably know she has already caused a lot of havoc and death!  Watch with me:


Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist

P.S. IF original art, while affordable, is STILL a bit out of your budget, or the piece you adored has sold?  Or do you like arty things in different formats, to surround yourself with art?  Looking for a gift?  See my store online for pillow, phone cases, shower curtains, towels, tote bags, and yes, even prints on metal, wood, canvas, and so much more:


Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Olive Trees

Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Lemon Tree

Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Lemon Tree
Shelter from the Storm - Lemon Tree

Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Olive Tree
See the big dark spot in the sky?  Need new camera: Dirt is inside

Tuscan Raindrops Water After Storm Rosemary
Raindrops on Rosemary

Dog Yoda in Tuscan hillside
My neighbor's dog Yoda enjoyed running around with me.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pietro Nardini Alpine Climber



Dear Art Lover,
Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker
Pietro Nardini, long before I met him
     Last year about this time I met Pietro Nardini on the bus from Pescia to Sorana, Italy.  He is now mid-80s and quite thin.  He is no relation to the Nardini family who owns the last remaining stone quarry in this area called Valleriana, and sadly, Pietro has no family left.  He still chain-smokes with no desire to slow down in that.  We got into a conversation after I called my landlord to confirm that I was on the bus and would arrive to his village in about twenty minutes.  During the call, I handed my phone to Pietro.  It turns out that his house shares a wall with my landlord’s house.  Before we got to Sorana, Pietro asked the bus driver to stop the bus after a bend in the road.  He wanted me to get off!  But all was well.  He had seen my landlord working with a wood pile and did not think that I saw him.
     In late July of this year, I was invited to lunch by a friend and met a family that is new to Sorana, a village in Tuscany.  By chance, they are also neighbors with Pietro.  I do not know if he remembered me or not from the bus, but when he saw me outside, he invited me to come inside his home to see his little private museum. 
     He was a climber of the Alpine mountains!  This entry room to his home, which is upstairs, contains a good collection of minerals and gems, old photos, and mountain climbing and spelunking [caving] gear.  He started out the tour by pointing out an image of him with a cow who has quite the funny expression on her face.  He told me that this was his wife because he was too ugly to have gotten a real woman.

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker
Pietro Nardini on 30 July 2017, in his private museum, Sorana

    Pietro is missing the index finger on his left hand.  I did not ask how.   In one of the photos that I share with you here, he pointed out that he is one of the ones dangling from a wire off the edge of a vertical cliff while the other rescue-workers stood on the flat plane above ready to help. 

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker
One of those two suspended is Pietro.
 
     I hope that you enjoy these images.  I saw Pietro again last week and during Sorana’s annual bean festival [with dinner and dancing in the main square!].  He said that he never eats much and only once per day. It shows.

     I am currently working out details to offer an art workshop, perhaps focusing on anatomy and design since I will have a male model with the class.  This will be in mid-to-late May 2018 and will be near my home in the hills of Tuscany, between Florence and Lucca.  If you are interested and want to send me feedback on what you would like to work on to improve your art or even what you desire to see in Tuscany, please contact me.    

Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist

P.S. IF original art, while affordable, is STILL a bit out of your budget, or the piece you adored has sold?  Or do you like arty things in different formats, to surround yourself with art?  Looking for a gift?  See my store online for pillow, phone cases, shower curtains, towels, tote bags, and yes, even prints on metal, wood, canvas, and so much more:

Happy birthday, Jamshid! 

gem collection of Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker
Pietro shows me some of his favorite old photos of colleagues

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

image in home museum of Italian Alps mountain

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker
A much decorated climber and worker in the Italian Alps

Pietro Nardini of Sorana, Alpine mountain climber and rescue worker

private museum of mountain climbing gear for Italian Alps

private museum of mountain climbing gear for Italian Alps

private museum of mountain climbing gear for Italian Alps

cow and mountain worker Pietro Nardini Alps of Italy
simpatici! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Direct Carving of Marble Stone


Dear Art Lover,
     Beginnings are often dramatic since change happens quickly and memorably.  Let me share with you today the beginning stone carving stages of the contemporary marble sculpture Back to Back.  A special and limited time offer follows at the end of this blog post.  Please share with friends and fellow art lovers.  

The Creation of the Stone Carving Back to Back Contemporary Art:


marble block cut from Gymnast stone sculpture art to be     This stone was cut from the marble quarried for the artist's carving of the Gymnast. There was a block cut from above the head of the Gymnast.

     I am a direct carver. That means that I draw directly on the stone and cut what I wish to not have there. The other method is to create a sculpture in some other, more forgiving, material and then "translate it" (copy mathematically) into stone by taking measurements from the original. 

You may see the Gymnast as a work-in-progress (WIP) on the right in the background.

work in progress stone Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art

stone carving start Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art

















    Is it not easy to fall in love with marble? Even though the two images below were taken during the final sanding and polishing stages, her beauty is quite evident. She looks soft with the right curves in place and the little crystals (seen easier in the image on the right) are such a subtle splendor. 


soft curves stone Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art
shimmering stone Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art



















     The next image showing the lower part of the male torso also gives you an idea of how translucent this Colorado Yule Marble can be when thin enough. I like the contrast that gives me so much change in the light interacting with the stone. The image on the right shows "the wet look." I was having a bit of fun while I was washing off a layer of fine marble dust after sanding, preparing for the next finer level of sandpaper. This sculpture is very touchable, even after the sealer has been added for protection. Enjoy touching and looking! 

Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art wet look
translucent stone Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art

















     Typically, the Colorado Yule Marble will have either gold or a silver/grey veining. This stone has a thicker and harder grey material the quarrymen call "churt." While some people may prefer a solid white stone, I do not. I like knowing that the original art is a real rock with its own personality. I include here some of my favorite detail shots. They show the uniqueness of this marble, as well as the sensuality and softness of one form melding and changing into another. This next image looks like a meteor shower zipping through bodies of snow -- gorgeous! Enjoy!

Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art detail meteor shower

Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art detail
Back to Back marble sculpture direct carving figure art

Back to Back

Colorado Yule Marble
one of a kind
14" h x 9.5" x 9.5"
© Kelly Borsheim
Ships from Austin, Texas USA

$4600, but if you make at least a down payment before 30 September,  I will also add a 12-inch tall female bronze figure Ten, or the bronze male figure Valentine mounted on stone.  Feel free to share this blog post offer with anyone you think might be interested in it. Thank you!


Ten small wall-hanging bronze sculpture gift with purchase of original stone carving
Valentine small wall-hanging bronze sculpture gift with purchase of original stone carving
 Ten - Left



 Valentine - right

Both bronze wall-hanging sculptures with stone base










For more views of the marble sculpture “Back to Back,” please click here: 

Tanti auguri di buon compleanno, Nori! 

Peace,

~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor


Friday, August 18, 2017

Male Model Bronze Warrior



Dear Art Lover,
Male Art model David Sackmary with artist Kelly Borsheim 2011
David Sackmary with me Nov 2011, Quattro Gallery

     Art models are often people who really appreciate the arts.  Their job is not easy, in part because the human body is not designed to remain still.  I have worked with so many wonderful and interesting art models and feel grateful for their services and participation as inspiration for the art that my colleagues and I make.

     Today, I show you a bronze sculpture inspired by a request for a company that found the annual board of directors’ gifts for Southwest Airlines many years ago.  I was asked to come up with a sculpture based on the idea of the slogan for this airline, Warrior Spirit.  I was surprised to receive this opportunity since I assumed they wanted something to do with American Indians, a subject that not only do I know very little about, but that there are plenty of sculptors who DO excel in this genre.
   
     While researching the concept of "Warrior Spirit" I found references to Chinese martial arts, American Indian philosophies, and even yoga practices. While the term 'warrior' seems to conjure up images relating to aggression, this is not what I found in most of my research. Instead, I read phrases such as "moving through fear," "embracing limitations," living a "joyful, courageous life," "disciplines the mind, body, and spirit," and "leads to compassion."
 
     A warrior develops spiritual, martial, and ethical skills. He works to obtain an impeccable character in order to serve his community and expand his consciousness. He changes his perceptions about confrontation and creates his own destiny. His strength and compassion make others feel at ease with him, which reduces conflict. In effect, the ideal goal is that he becomes one with the world around him.

Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim

     I have always had an interest in birds, flight, and bonding with nature. I also loved watching the falconers with raptors at the Renaissance fairs. Their connection always struck me as romantic and absolutely beautiful.

     And so, the idea emerged.  I did not win the bid for Southwest Airlines, but I still liked my idea enough to move beyond my rough maquette I had put together.  With the help of the Austin Visual Arts Association [Austin, Texas], I ran an Open Studio session for sculptors.  This meant that artists wanting to paint and draw were welcome to join the group if they did not have a problem with sculptors moving our stands and art around the room as we needed to change our view, and that the model would be in the center of the room, allowing 3-d artists to have access to all views.

     The male model, David, was a real sport because I asked him to slip his arms into some straps that I suspended from the ceiling of the studio.  You might imagine how difficult it would be to hold your arms out extended for approximately 20 minutes.  How much more difficult to take a short break and resume this position you see in my sculpture “Warrior Spirit” for THREE HOURS!  And he did this a total of FOUR times in four weeks!  TWELVE HOURS of posing this way… what an athlete! 

     [On a side note:  When I work with models for sculpture, we set up the pose and I usually try to explain what I am shooting for, emotion wise, from the pose.  Then I tell the models to take breaks whenever they need to because I tend to work during the entire three hours.  I trust the models to not take too many breaks, but also to know their bodies’ needs better than I ever could.  And, if I know that I want to focus on one part of the anatomy, I will tell the model to “rest your arms and now we will work on the lower part of the body.”]

     Today is the birthday of David Sackmary, the model for “Warrior Spirit.”

Happy birthday, David!  You did some brilliant work!  Thank you!

Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim
Design by Amber Babcock at WhiskerWorks.com
Here is what one appreciator wrote after I shared the work in my art newsletter:
http://www.borsheimarts.com/newsletter.htm



Hi, my dear Kelly. Ohhhh, you have REALLY done it this time. I think "Warrior Spirit" is the most beautiful sculpture in the world. Your pic in clay with the green leaves as a background was also the perfect setting to bring the young warrior to life. His gracefulness really wowed me . . . I am amazed you could capture and express this pose so perfectly . . . And the portrayal of the delicate balance absolutely put goose pimples all over me . . . That man has an appreciation and a curiosity towards wildlife is evident by the expression on the warrior's face. What a fabulous accent this would make in state parks, bird sanctuaries, etc.! A view of the warrior and his hawk certainly create a proper atmosphere.
After I had read your newsletter and studied the pictures, I called to Bob to come and see the pictures of your latest. He, too, was ever so impressed with the beauty. We then went to Winter Haven with Gene and Louise Sauls for fun and early dinner. As soon as we got home, I started calling to Bob and Gene to come quick . . . We had a large but young hawk flying around our pool, trying to find his way out. Neither of the men struck a pose even close to the young warrior's! The enclosed area of the pool made the bird seem even larger and his rapid flying made everyone quickly duck. They were successful in herding the bird to freedom and tomorrow I must drag in the hose and do some cleaning! My story isn't nearly as pretty as your sculpture!
Much love
Connie
(9 September 2006; Connie Talbott, Avon Park, Florida, USA, printed with permission)
For more images of "Warrior Spirit," please visit:  http://www.borsheimarts.com/sculpture/2006/warriorspirit.htm

Peace,

Kelly Borsheim, artist


Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim

Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim

Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim
detail shown in clay before casting into bronze

Warrior Spirit bronze sculpture male model man and bird detail Borsheim